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Our Own CDs - back to our own line of re-issue and contemporary classical cds Colorado String Quartet: Beethoven String Quartets Op. 59 Nos. 1-3; Op. 74
PACD 96034/35 Complete Contents. Colorado String Quartet: Beethoven String Quartets Opp 59 and 74

The Colorado String Quartet

The Colorado String Quartet celebrates its 20th anniversary with newly-recorded performances of Beethoven String Quartets. The two-disc set is intended as the first release in a cycle of Beethoven Quartets, to be completed in time for the Quartet's 25th anniversary.

These performance include all repeats marked by Beethoven in his scores, extending their playing time so that the four works are on two well-filled discs (74:20 & 71:08).

The new recording marks the recorded debut of violist Marka Gustavsson with the Colorado Quartet. Gustavsson, who studied at Indiana University with Josef Gingold, will soon receive her doctorate from the City University of New York. She divides her time between New York and New Haven, where her husband John Halle teaches composition at Yale University.

Since 2000 the Colorado Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at Bard College, where it gives frequent performances in addition to its touring schedule. The Quartet is also a regular ensemble at the Mostly Mozart Festival. It has often performed complete cycles of the Beethoven Quartets, including one in Berlin in the Fall of 2001.

Critical plaudits for revious recordings of the Colorado Quartet:

"String quartet lovers will be baffled that this group isn't better known. It's not just their fine sense of ensemble; each member also presents an absorbing individuality that never taxes overall cohesion." --David Patrick Stearns, USA Today (both on PACD 96007, Brahms Quartets Op. 51)

PACD 96024, Quartets of Schubert and Mendelssohn, was named Record of the Year in 2001 by Chamber Music America/WQXR

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PACD 96034/35 Complete Contents
Disc 1
Beethoven Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1      42:23
     [1] Allegro 10:05
     [2] Alegretto vivace e sempre scherzando  3:51
     [3] Adagio motlo e mesto 13:31
     [4] Theme russe. Allegro  8:22
Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3      31:39
     [5] Introduzione; Andante con moto; Allegro vivace 10:48
     [6] Andante con moto, quasi Allegretto  9:01
     [7] Menuetto. Grzioso  5:31
     [8] Allegro molto  6:08
                                         Disc One Total Time:      74:20

Disc 2
Beethoven Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2        39:22
     [1] Allegro 14:03
     [2] Molto adagio. Si tratta questo pezzo con molto sentimento  12:29
     [3] Allegretto  6:55
     [4] Finale, presto  6:08
Beethoven: Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 74            31:36
     [5] Poco adagio; Allegro  9:43
     [6] Adagio ma non troppo  9:48
     [7] Presto  4:58
     [8] Allegretto con variazoni  6:51
                                           Disc Two Total Time:        71:08

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